University Learning Goals

Effective Fall 2013, San Jose State University's academic senate has found that the adoption of University Learning Goals is essential to establish the quality that uniquely defines the competencies of SJSU graduates to inform current and future students as well as the community about the expected achievements of an SJSU education. The University Learning Goals are outlined as part of Senate Policy S13-2In AY 2013-14, all academic programs are mapping their program outcomes to the ULGs outlined below.


San José State University graduates will have developed:

  • Specialized Knowledge
    • Depth of knowledge required for a degree, as identified by its program learning outcomes.
  • Broad Integrative Knowledge
    • Mastery in each step of an investigative, creative or practical project (e.g. brainstorming, planning, formulating hypotheses or complex questions, designing, creating, completing, and communicating).

    • An understanding of the implications of results or findings from a particular work in a societal context (e.g. social or economic implications of a scientific finding).

    • Students graduating with a baccalaureate degree will have demonstrated an understanding of critical components of broad academic areas, the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences and their integration.

  • Intellectual Skills
    • Fluency in the use of specific theories, tools, technology and graphical representation.

    • Skills and abilities necessary for lifelong learning: critical and creative thinking, effective communication, conscientious information gathering and processing, mastery of quantitative methodologies, and the ability to engage effectively in collaborative activities.

  • Applied Knowledge
    • The ability to integrate theory, practice, and problemsolving to address practical issues.

    • The ability to apply their knowledge and skills to new settings or in addressing complex problems.

    • The ability to work productively as individuals and in groups 

  • Social and Global Responsibilities
    • The ability to act intentionally and ethically to address a global or local problem in an informed manner with a multicultural and historical perspective and a clear understanding of societal and civic responsibilities.

    • Diverse and global perspectives through engagement with the multidimensional SJSU community.